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Overview

From lush gardens to verdant green rooftops, Bergen’s diverse landscapes provide an ever-evolving palette for reflection and restoration.

Dean Street Park

Grand yet humble, the landscape plays with scale and rhythm in a dynamic way that is in clear harmony with brownstone-inspired architecture.

Transcendence upon arrival creates a layered experience, from the forest-like park on Dean Street to the seasonal landscaping along the front planters on Bergen Street, natural buffers bring serenity into the home. Winding paths make up Dean Street Park, leading to activated pocket parks, placing an emphasis on elements of water, wind, and fire. The abundance of green space creates a foundation for life to grow, with surprising beauty along the way. Carefully selected plant species, curated by landscape designer and horticulturist DXA Studio and Patrick Cullina, complement cascading waterfalls, offering moments of respite. Bergen prioritizes fostering a connection with the natural world for its residents, envisioning a place designed to evolve and improve over time.

Home: Through the Grove, Across the Bridge, and Over the Gardens

Turning through the gate, the path meanders through lush forest planting, an oasis of foliage permeating the senses, the essence of space and light diffuses the charge of the city. The four base elements are key to the Bergen philosophy: water for serenity and fluency, earth for nourishment and growth, fire for warmth and passion, and air for spirituality and life. Step across the bridge, the sky opens up and the ground descends as layered planting steps downward as you advance over terrace landscapes. Vistas change scale and a sense of tranquility sets in as ambient tones from the waterfall play around you. Pass through the door and you are home.

One of the four pocket parks, the water mirror serves as a place to pause, to meet, to contemplate, and to be still. Tranquil and effervescent, the intention is to complete the elemental experience with echoes of the natural world.

Landscape

Rooftop Parks

Common rooftops on the East and West Wings feature grilling stations with dining areas, intimate fire pit lounges, and great lawns, providing spaces to enjoy, relax, and restore.

A nod to a typical brownstone, pocket gardens create natural buffers between public and private spaces while bringing beauty to the street.

Section detail of the recessed integrated garden planters along Bergen Street.

The landscape is sympathetically seasonal and culturally functional

The property’s landscape features a curated collection of native plant species that tell a story of their own, with elements of sensorial surprise and wonder for residents and guests to revel in throughout the year.

The landscape is sympathetically seasonal and culturally functional

The property’s landscape features a curated collection of native plant species that tell a story of their own, with elements of sensorial surprise and wonder for residents and guests to revel in throughout the year.

DXA Studio

DXA Studio is a New York City-based architecture and landscape firm whose work masterfully and consistently strikes a balance between seemingly opposing forces. DXA Studio’s projects combine the art with the science of architecture, design innovation with technical excellence, contemporary considerations with a sense of craft, and a modern outlook with respect for history and context. By capitalizing on these discoveries, the site, program, and unique opportunities of each project, DXA produces creative solutions and distinctive design work that consistently outperforms expectations.

Patrick Cullina

Patrick Cullina is an award-winning horticulturist, landscape designer, and organizational consultant with more than twenty-five years of experience in the landscape field. He runs a design and consulting business that is dedicated to the innovative and sensitive integration of plants and materials into a diverse range of compelling designs — drawing inspiration from both the natural world and constructed environments alike. Cullina has collaborated with DXA Studio on notable projects including The Highline and Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.

Vision

““…You disappear into a forest-like condition. You reemerge. And topography is changing in different ways.””

Wayne Norbeck, DXA Studio